“Not only is this the first book on Seminole native herbal medicine, but it is written in conjunction with Native American herbalist Snow, who combines her vast personal experience with generations of herbal knowledge passed down orally from her ancestors.”—American Herb Association
“Snow represents a generation we are rapidly losing—elders who retain traditional knowledge of their native culture—and this is her gift to the future.”—Florida Historical Quarterly
“It is a knowledge almost forgotten. How many today know about the curative powers of button snakeroot, prickly pear or lantana?”—Florida Wildlife
“For the first time, open[s] a window into the rich knowledge of Florida’s indigenous people.”—HerbalGram
“A fascinating insight into the rapidly disappearing practice of Seminole traditional medicine.”—Natural Awakenings
“Will interest anyone concerned with the history and traditions of the Florida Seminole Indians.”—Choice
“Describes how the plants are used and includes a plant identification chart with Mikasuki . . . and Creek names as well as the common and botanical names.”—Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
The first published record of Florida Seminole herbal medicine and ancient healing practices, Healing Plants is a colorfully illustrated compendium of knowledge and practices passed down orally to Alice Snow from generations of her Native American ancestors. Though the book does not reveal the tribal doctors’ secret healing songs, believed to empower the plants, it provides Seminoles with a reference handbook of plants; it also offers medical professionals, herbalists, and the general public an understanding of the world of Seminole medicine.
Alice Micco Snow (1922–2008) was a respected elder of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Speaking English, Creek, and Mikasuki, she worked all her life as a translator and herbalist for the Seminole Tribe of Florida and as a liaison between Seminole traditional doctors and the Seminole people. Susan Enns Stans, now retired, was assistant professor of anthropology at Florida Gulf Coast University and worked actively with the Seminole staff on education issues and college classes.